COPPeR names new executive director




Yesterday, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region announced Christina McGrath as its new executive director, a position which pays roughly $45,000 per year. McGrath is taking over for the departing Bettina Swigger, who accepted a job in California.

"COPPeR is at such an exciting stage in terms of growth and development," says chairwoman of the board Amanda Mountain in a news release. "The board feels that Christina is the perfect fit to build on all of the tremendous work Bettina has done, and to further expand beyond what even we can see in terms of possibilities for the organization."

McGrath is leaving behind the El Pomar Foundation, where she worked as program director and oversaw, among others, the Empty Stocking Fund. Her LinkedIn profile shows she graduated from Miami University in Ohio, where she majored in architecture and minored in arts management, in 2007. Her Facebook page reveals a woman of impeccable taste — noting she's a fan, among other worthy causes, of the Indy's Give! initiative.

"At El Pomar I've had exposure to hundreds of outstanding nonprofits — I am excited to now be working for one," says McGrath in the release. "The vitality of a city depends on its arts and cultural scene, and having grown up in this community I know we have a lot to offer."

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